What is Special Religious Education?
SRE is education provided to students in NSW public schools by authorised representatives of approved religious groups to students who have nominated that religion. These classes are commonly known as “scripture”.
What is Islamic Special Religious Education?
Carrying the noble Islamic tradition of seeking knowledge and teaching, ISRE is an educational program dedicated to providing Islamic education to Muslim students in NSW Public Schools. ISRE is a project offered through the Islamic Council of NSW (ICNSW) and has been running since the early 1980’s. ICNSW is an approved Special Religious Education provider with the Department of Education and Communities.
What is the Islamic Special Religious Education program?
The ISRE lessons provide a specifically tailored Islamic education program for Muslim students from kindergarten through to year 12. The program is designed to teach Muslim students the basics of Islam, nurture them to develop a strong sense of identity and purpose and inspire them to lead productive lives by contributing positively to themselves, their communities, their society and the world. The ISRE program is non-sectarian and is provided to all Muslims students, regardless of their sectarian groupings. The aim of ISRE is to teach students to love, learn and live Islam.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “God, His angels and all those in Heavens and on Earth, even ants in their hills and fish in the water, call down blessings on those who instruct others in beneficial knowledge.” At-Tirmidhi, Hadith 422
In the spirit of the Islamic tradition of seeking knowledge, ISRE (Islamic Special Religious Education) was established over 21 years ago as a means to encourage the development of an Islamic identity and educational grounding in Muslim youth in New South Wales.
Since its inception, ISRE has worked within the community to establish Islamic education within public schools across NSW. ISRE aims to teach all students a range of foundational principles that are an integral part of fostering a sense of Islamic Identity, regardless of their knowledge level. ISRE works with dedicated staff to provide a quality educational service for all students, which is delivered by a team of dedicated teachers that work in both primary and secondary schools.
ISRE is dedicated to providing all Muslim students across NSW with weekly access to Islamic education. We aim to inspire and empower our youth to develop a strong Islamic identity in order for them to contribute positively to their own development, their societies, communities and the world.
ISRE, from the beginning has been steered by a dedicated team of primarily volunteers, who direct their time and efforts toward working for the betterment of our children.
Our teaching staff receives annual training and continual support throughout the school year to ensure the delivery of quality scripture classes to our students.
The ISRE team is comprised of the following:
- Classroom teachers (primary and secondary)
- Region Supervisors
- Syllabus and Resource Committees
- Administration staff.
The Islamic Council of New South Wales (ICNSW) was established in 1976. It is open to all Muslims, regardless of race, colour and ethnicity, and to any regional Islamic society, Muslim student’s organisation and Muslim association in the state of New South Wales.
- The primary aims and objectives of ICNSW are:
- To advocate, support, assist and develop the Muslim communities of NSW;
- To promote unity and solidarity among all Muslims;
- Foster and promote cooperation between Muslims and others; and
- To promote peace, understanding and good relations amongst all people.